The Evolution of the Water Conditioning Control Valve
By Gary Battenberg Consumers today who enjoy the benefit of soft or conditioned water for their homes have the advantage of automatic backwash filters and demand-initiated regeneration (DIR) water softeners. These products are manufactured or […]
Groundwater Depletion and Decline Caused by Sustained Pumpin...
By Gary Battenberg A brief history of water pumping 2000 BC: The Egyptians invent the Shadoof (a seesaw-like device) to raise water from a river by using a long, suspended rod with a bucket on […]
Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water: The Myths and the Facts
By Gary Battenberg and Peter Cartwright, PE Note to WC&P readers: The purpose of this article is to counter a recent blog from India that is critical of POU RO drinking-water treatment. It contains out-dated […]
Lead and Perfluorinated Chemicals: The New Menaces to Our Wa...
By Gary Battenberg Two high-profile contaminants of concern Lead in drinking water has been a major topic in the 24-hour news cycle here in North America for the past four years, specifically with reference to […]
Arsenic: Why and How to Remove It from Your Water Supply
By Gary Battenberg Arsenic (As) is a naturally occurring contaminant found in many groundwater sources. It generally occurs in two forms (valences or oxidation states) and occasionally as organically complexed arsenic. Pentavalent arsenic, indicated as […]
Small-Scale RO Maple Syrup Production for the Hobbyist
By Gary Battenberg A brief history Maple syrup production is not only a popular hobby for those who want the authentic product for their flapjacks but it is becoming a small-business venture for many home-based […]
Activated Carbon: Filtration, Contactor or Both?
By Gary Battenberg Uses In the water treatment industry, activated carbon (AC) is widely used for taste and odor removal of free chlorine and chloramines (chlorine/ammonia species). Additionally, AC is specified for the reduction/removal of […]
Living Without Soft Water…Is Hard
By Gary Battenberg In 1982, when I was first introduced to water conditioning, the only thing I knew about water was that it was hot and cold and ran downhill. But it was what I […]
Why Buy Certified Water Treatment Products with Installation...
By Gary Battenberg Certified water treatment products represent a significant investment by the maker/manufacturer, which ensures that the products will perform as advertised when applied per the manufacturer’s recommended and operational guidelines. These products will […]
Choosing the Right Connector, Tubing and Accessories for You...
By Gary Battenberg In July, we looked at the introduction of the push-fit type of plastic fitting in the mid 1980s and the enthusiastic acceptance in many areas of our industry. Valuable lessons were learned […]